18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their
favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as
working for the Lord, not for men, 24
is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.
4 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in
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The apostle Paul told us last week that living a new life as a Christian means that we clothe
ourselves with certain virtues. It’s a picture of putting good qualities on, much like we would dress
ourselves up in our finest clothes for a special occasion. What we saw then – and throughout this week –
is that those virtues are practiced in the context of community.
One of the themes that we’ve been picking up on throughout the week, then, has been how life
in community, life in the body of Christ doesn’t just take place on Sundays in worship. We’re to be the
body throughout the week; it’s not something that we simply do one day a week, it’s who we are.
But we have to be careful not to look past the value of what takes place when we worship
together. In some ways, it’s an opportunity for us to renew our promises – to make covenants – with
God and His people. It’s also a chance for us to see visibly what we already know spiritually: we’re part
of a larger corporate body of believers. Further, our worship together shows the diversity – both across
cultures and generations – of the family of Christ. It’s important stuff.
Since it’s important, I simply want to encourage you today to get ready for church. And not just
by clothing yourself with Sunday attire, but really getting ready. Please pray for me, as I bring God’s
Word. Please pray for Justin and other worship leaders and their responsibilities. Please pray for people
serving in lots of ways. It’s time to get ready.
since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It
Challenge: How do you get ready for church? Make sure you’re spiritually ready, too!
Pray that not only others but that you too would be ready for worship this week.